American vs Holy Cross Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/10/24

Holy Cross (7-17) vs American (13-11)

Game Info: Saturday, February 10, 2024 at 2:00 pm (Hart Center Arena)

Betting Odds: Holy Cross +5.5 - Over/Under: 134.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Holy Cross Crusaders will host the American Eagles this weekend for a Patriot League matchup from the Hart Recreation Center on ESPN+. American comes in as 5.5-point road favorites, with the total hovering 134.5. Stay tuned for our American vs Holy Cross Prediction. 

American Eagles Preview

American moved to 13-11 after losing to Loyola (MD) in DC by one, 44-43. The Eagles ended up on the wrong end of one of the lowest scoring outcomes of the season versus the Greyhounds, and they’ll look to bounce back here against the Crusaders. American is scoring 73.1 points per game, on 46.3% shooting, while allowing 70.8 ppg, and they’re currently third in the Patriot League with a 7-4 record in conference play. 

American’s Impact Players

  • Senior forward Matt Rogers went for 23 points in victories over Bucknell and Lafayette, and he leads American in scoring (15.6) and rebounding (6.6). 
  • Waco native Elijah Stephens has scored 16 points or more in four of the previous six games, and he’s up to 12.2 ppg and a team-leading 5.2 apg.
  • Sophomore guard Lorenzo Donadio chipped in a season-high 22 points in the OT win over Bucknell, and he’s third on the team at 10.3 ppg.   

Holy Cross Crusaders Preview

Holy Cross dropped to 7-17 after losing to Lafayette on the road, 75-59. The Crusaders were outplayed in both halves by the Leopards, and they’ll look to avoid being swept by the Eagles this Saturday. Holy Cross is scoring 66.9 points per game, on 44.3% shooting, while allowing 76.3 ppg, while allowing 65.3 ppg, and they’re currently 8th in the Patriot League with a 4-7 record in conference play. 

Holy Cross’ Impact Players

  • Senior guard Joe Octave (14.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg) has missed parts of the last three games, and his status for this contest is unclear.
  • Richmond native Caleb Kenney has scored 13 points or more in seven of the last ten contests, and he leads HC in rebounding (6.2), while scoring 11.0 ppg.

American vs Holy Cross Trends

  • AME is 13-10 against the spread, with a 12-10-1 over/under record
  • The Eagles are 6-4 over their last ten games, and they’re 5-8 on the road this season. 
  • HC is 8-15 against the spread, with a 14-9 O/U record
  • The Crusaders are 4-6 over their previous ten games, and they’re 3-6 in Worcester this season. 

American vs Holy Cross Prediction

If Holy Cross doesn’t have Joe Octave for this contest, it smells like a bounce back spot for American. The Eagles uncharacteristically scored just 46 points last time out versus Loyola (MD) after defeating conference leaders Lafayette and Bucknell, and we should definitely see a strong effort from them here on the road. I’d tilt the margin slightly with this being a league bout, and back American this Saturday when approaching this matchup.

Corey’s Pick American TO COVER

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